According to Winston Churchill “There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.”
The same applies to technology too. Technology is something which has changed our lives for the better. May it be smartphones, cloud computing or multi-touch tablets, all these innovations revolutionized our life. However, this is just the beginning.
Here, we present 10 upcoming technologies which will definitely change the world.
1) Form 1
Form 1 is an affordable, high-resolution 3D printer. This Form 1 printer is engineered in such a way that with just a touch of a button, high-resolution parts can be printed. With this, one can spend more time in designing and less time in setting up prints. The Form 1 post-processing kit helps keep your desktop organized so that you can easily put the finishing touches on your masterwork.
This product can be yours at just $2,799.
2) Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook. This 3D headset lets you feel that you are actually in a video game. It has integrated headphones which provide a 3D audio effect, rotational and positional tracking. There will also be a 3D space which will allow the user to use the Rift when sitting, standing or walking in the same room.
You can experience this Rift at just $300.
3) Google Glass
Google Glass is an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed by Google X with the mission of producing a ubiquitous computer. Google Glass is quite smaller and slimmer than previous head-mounted designs. With the help of Google Glass, one can get updates about social media feeds, Google Maps as well as navigate with GPS and take photos too.
This optical head-mounted display is priced at $1,500.
4) Eye Tribe
Eye Tribe is a Danish startup company that produces eye tracking technology.
This Eye Tribe software allows its users to direct a smartphone, tablet or a computer with just a look of an eye. The game Fruit Ninja usually needs a touch to slice a fruit, but with this Eye Tribe Technology, one can cut the fruit with the movement of their eyes. Currently, this company is still seeking partnership so that they can launch into the consumer market.
5) Project Fiona
Razer’s Project Fiona is a gaming tablet built for hardcore gaming. Razer very well knows how to build user experience straight into the tablet. The features include 3-axis gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer and full-screen user interface supporting multi-touch.
6) Firefox OS
Parallella is a kind of a supercomputer. It is an energy efficient computer built for processing complex software simultaneously and effectively. Real-time object tracking, holographic heads-up display and also speech recognition can go way ahead with the help of Parellella.
It can be magically yours at just $99.
However, it is not recommended for non-Linux users.
8) Google Driverless Car
The Google Driverless car is powered by Artificial Intelligence that utilizes the input from the video cameras inside the car and also a sensor attached on the vehicle’s top. Some radars and position sensors are also attached on various parts of the car. But the manufacturer is currently facing a challenge to forge the system for affordable cars that every worker can afford with an average salary.
9) Leap Motion
Leap Motion is technology which lets you control the desktop with fingers but without touching the screen. This will allow you to scroll the web page, zoom in the map and the photos and even sign documents.
You can own this future tech with just $70.
SmartThings is that technology upgrade which makes every device, may it be digital or nondigital connect together to benefit you. With this technology, one can detect smoke alarms and also have humidity, pressure and vibration sensors to detect changes in your house. You can also track who had entered the house and also turn on the lights when entering the room.
This SmartThings technology only costs around $500.
Suki: This Startup Wants To Transform Healthcare With Its Artificial Intelligence Tool
We live in a rapidly transforming era where humanity is making exponential leaps in technology. Thirty years ago, no one would have believed you could talk to an online voice assistant to create tasks and get things done. Ten years ago, no one would have believed humanity would land robots on Mars. Technology truly has improved the quality of living of every human who owns a smartphone and has access to an internet connection. Voice assistants are slowly replacing manual tasks and making lives easier and efficient. Siri, Alexa, Google Voice Assistant are just some of the widely used artificial intelligence based tools which are employed on a daily basis. Artificial intelligence, which is hailed as the technology of the future is now slowly making its way into much more complex domains like self driving vehicles, quantum computing and also health care.
Suki, a United States of America based startup founded by Punit Soni, developed their own voice assistant which runs on artificial intelligence to simplify healthcare for doctors and other healthcare professionals. In simple terms, Suki is akin to Siri for doctors. While you could order a pizza or schedule an appointment on Siri, doctors could modify, edit and add health records of their patients. Suki is a powerful tool to help doctors with documentation of health records which often take hours of their (doctors) time.
Suki currently focuses on documentation but has the potential to expand its usage to data queries, ordering, prescribing and billing. According to a white paper published by Suki, using its technology increases the time a doctor spends with a patient by 12% by cutting note taking time by 76%. The time which is saved also brings in a financial benefit of $30,000 more in revenue a year on average for doctors.
Suki raised a $ 20 million Series B round from Flare Capital Partners, First Round Capital, and Venrock, doubling its total funding to $ 40 million since its 2017 launch. Suki is also looking to expand its reach in India and has decided to establish Bangalore as their base of operations. India holds a lot of potential for Suki considering the amount of manual work which goes into almost any sector.
It would be interesting to watch how Suki and other similar AI based startups would transform healthcare across the world.
Leher Versus Clubhouse: Which Audio Listening Startup Would You Choose?
Clubhouse is a new type of social networking platform which is an audio only platform. This means every conversation takes place through audio where users speak to let their thoughts known. Users can create and host rooms where speakers will talk about a particular topic. Originating in the Silicon Valley, Clubhouse attracted some major names onto its platform like Elon Musk, Evan Williams, Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian, former Y Combinator President Sam Altman, AngelList co founder Naval Ravikant, Ashton Kuthcer, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Kevin Hart and many others are some of the influential personalities who are on Clubhouse. There is however a catch as Clubhouse is currently limited to iOS.
Leher is an Indian made alternative to Clubhouse and is a similar audio sharing and listening startup. Leher also has video support unlike Clubhouse and is also available for both Android and iOS. However, Leher does not have the biggest names in the world on its platform but it does have significant micro influencers and is growing at a rapid pace. Within 180 days of its beta version launch, the company claimed to have its users spend about 44 minutes every day and 250,000 minutes per month for live video sessions.
We at Startup Stories are curious to see which among Leher or Clubhouse would our readers choose to take part in a virtual discussion. Please let us know your answer in the poll below.
Facebook Launches BARS For Creating Raps To Counter TikTok’s Growing Popularity
Facebook is leaving no stone unturned to tackle the surging popularity of the Chinese video making app TikTok. As part of its redoubled efforts Facebook is launching a new app named BARS which could be used to create and share raps. The core idea behind the app is rappers could focus on creating content without having to worry about investing heavily in production and equipment.
Facebook said, “Audio production tools can be complicated, expensive and difficult to use. With BARS, you can select one of our professionally-created beats, write lyrics and record yourself dropping bars (sic.)” The company also added, “BARS auto-suggests rhymes as you’re writing to keep your flow going. You can also jump into Challenge mode and freestyle with auto-suggested word cues. Choose from a variety of audio and visual filters to take your creations to the next level (sic.)”
The app is now available in the Apple App Store in the United States of America. The invites for using BARS would be sent out in batches beginning in the USA and then expanded worldwide.
This would be the second app which Facebook is launching to counter TikTok’s growing popularity. Instagram Reels was the latest offering from the photo sharing platform Instagram (owned by Facebook) and was launched as a replacement for the video sharing application TikTok. TikTok was enjoying an unrivalled popularity in India as it became a means to keep boredom at bay during the nationwide lockdown which was imposed in light of the COVID-19 virus. However, the Indian government announced that it would ban 59 Chinese applications in which TikTok was one, along with WeChat, Helo, Cam Scanner and many others. This left a sudden void in video making applications, and Instagram realised the need for urgency to capitalize on this void. Therefore, Instagram immediately pushed their latest feature Instagram Reels which lets its users create 15 second videos with music from Instagram’s database. These videos look very similar to the ones made on TikTok and has gained a lot of popularity in India where Tik Tok continues to be banned.
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Google also took advantage of the Indian Government’s ban of the viral application TikTok. Google introduced a new feature on YouTube called YouTube Shorts. The feature for all intents and purposes mimics the same features TikTok used to provide. The new feature mimics many of TikTok’s most popular features, allowing users to make and post 15 second videos with built in creative tools encouraging them to add licensed music and more.
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